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South African Caine Prize winner, Lidudumalingani Mqombothi, on his 6 most important books

by: Tatum-lee Louw - 10 June 2016

South African Caine Prize winner, Lidudumalingani Mqombothi, on his 6 most important books

Cape Town-based writer, photographer and filmmaker Lidudumalingani Mqombothi, who recently won the Caine Prize for African Writing 2016 for his short story, Memories we lost, shares  six books that shaped him as a writer. But not before adding a disclaimer: “My answer needs a disclaimer because no book has changed my life. That is not...

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Black girl magic: Buhle Ngaba pens a powerful children’s book for black girls

by: Rofhiwa Maneta - 24 March 2016

Black girl magic: Buhle Ngaba pens a powerful children’s book for black girls

Buhle Ngaba (25) is a natural storyteller. “I’ve always been interested in performing and telling stories,” says the Cape Town-based actress. “But I’ve always been disheartened by the fact that none of the stories I read growing up had characters that looked or spoke like me. They didn’t reflect my day-to-day reality.” Buhle has recently...

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So you want to be a writer? Author Masande Ntshanga has some advice for you

by: Kamaria Balkisson - 12 February 2016

So you want to be a writer? Author Masande Ntshanga has some advice for you

Our “So you want to be…” series aims to help you in the process of choosing a career by featuring a practising professional to tell us what to expect in their field of work. This week we speak to Masande Ntshanga. Masande was shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2015 for his short story “Space”....

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Diary of a Zulu Girl author on how to self-publish

by: Kgorula Bitterhout - 22 June 2015

Diary of a Zulu Girl author on how to self-publish

“Diary of a Zulu Girl started as a prank on a friend,” says Mike Maphoto, who started writing a fictional story of a traditional Zulu girl who moves from KwaZulu Natal and gets a taste of the high life in Jo’burg. The story has now earned itself 200 000 followers on the blog. Imagine if you could...

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AfrWEka brings poetry to life in Melville

by: Lucky Mthabela - 11 June 2015

AfrWEka brings poetry to life in Melville

Melville’s popular spot, Reisi’s Bites, recently came alive with the sound of poetry when the The Word N Sound Live Literature Company and the Department of Arts and Culture presented the AfrWEka Poetry Festival.Poetry might not be for everybody, but it is for me. This is something that I recently discovered after my night out...

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Imbawula – storytelling reimagined

by: Aluwani Ratshiungo - 2 March 2015

Imbawula – storytelling reimagined

Upstairs in the coffee shop, people were enjoying the music and mingling with a glass of wine here and a bottle of beer there. By 19:25 they had already filled up the basement of Bean Republic ready for the second instalment of Imbawula which started at 19:30 as promised. The event which is meant to be intimate...

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The Sanlam Youth Literature Award

by: Mpho - 1 November 2012

The Sanlam Youth Literature Award

In 1980 Sanlam lauched the Sanlam Youth Literature award to reward young authors through the country and has since been trusted by the book buying community and education sector. This year they created trailers for the books that won the award, below you can check out the links. Its a cool and new way of finding out about a book before you...

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